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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Bad Idea: Taxing Fat and Sugar

Even the Socialist country of Denmark has finally realized there is a limit to what government can provide and control.  After a year of laboring under the Fat Tax, aimed at any food containing more than 2.3% saturated fat, lawmakers have decided to scrap the tax and try some other means to improve the dietary habits of the country.  This decision came in conjunction with a reversal of a proposed tax on sugar.
I'm all for lending a helping hand, but when you start controlling every aspect of one's economic, medical and social life, what is the impetus to take responsibility for oneself? I am sorry that Denmark has seen a rise in obesity and a decline in life expectancy, but don't blame it on the Danish.

Since my blood boils with every new government regulation here in the US, you can imagine that proposing a tax on fat or sugar would push me over the edge.  What next?  Chocolate?! Put down your BIG GULP and write your congressman. It is not WHAT you eat, but HOW MUCH you eat. Maybe they should tax the fat after you ingest it...sort of a pay as you grow tax.

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  1. Native Jacks™ Release Video to Tax the Fat©

    February 18, 2013 – Native Jacks™ release a video to Tax the Fat. The video is based on the group's song by the same name that offers a solution to the healthcare crisis and excessive government debt. The projections for healthcare benefits on entitlements and the excessive debt from the US Treasury are unsustainable. These problems are the some of the more difficult problems of our times. Native Jacks™ provides a creative solution in their new song, Tax the Fat©. The video helps educate Americans regarding the current state of these public issues and how America can remain strong in spite of these challenges. The song recommends the use of a sin tax to help cover the cost of America’s unhealthy eating habits. The song has been successfully incorporated into a YouTube video.

    Tax the Fat© Video by Native Jacks™ at

    About Native Jacks™ - Native Jacks is an alternative/slow rock band that wanders through many music genres and styles. The band writes, records and produces its own music telling stories of social injustice, human struggles, reflection and redemption. Many of the band’s social commentaries include creative solutions to today’s most pressing problems.

    Native Jacks band members include Jim and Memo with occasional help from other artists. Jim plays acoustic and electric guitar. Memo plays keyboard and bass guitar. Both share duties with vocals. Native Jacks raised its banner in December 2012 with its first recorded collection, “Markin’ Territory”.

    In addition to the song Tax the Fat, the Markin’ Territory collection includes a rock vibe in Water on Water, calypso beats in Ana Maria, new age rhythms in Sonoran Skies, country swagger in Body Bag, a heavy metal feel in Number Nine, the final song entitled Tax the Fat (Supersized) - now with 50% more words and music, and much more. The Markin' Territory music collection creates an overall “American” feel that embodies this country's ever-changing exceptional collection. All songs are owned with copyright protection by Immigrant Creations LLC or Memo, LLC. Native Jacks is a registered trademark of Native Jacks LLC. All right are reserved.

    For more information about the band, visit Native Jacks' website at